This club, founded in 1946 as BSG Pneumatik, has about 1,100 members. Under the name of Wismut Aue or Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt, it had it's greatest success in the late 50's, winning 3 GDR titles. This was an unusual arrangement. The team always played in Aue, but when the larger nearby city of Chemnitz was renamed Karl-Marx-Stadt, the Communists decided that it needed a prestigious team. I guess the hope was everybody would identify the strong Aue team with Karl-Marx. In any case, the Aue fans continued to support their team locally, and in fact a lot of Chemnitz residents continued to make the journey to Aue. In the early 60's Karl-Marx-Stadt got it's own commie sponsored team, and Wismut reverted back to Aue.
From then on, Aue had modest success in the GDR's top division. In the mid 1980s, they also participated in the UEFA Cup, and with over 1000 games in the DDR-Oberliga, they hold the record for most games played. During this successful period for the club, they also had their best player, Jörg Weißflog, who was capped 15 times for the GDR.
In 1992, they renamed to Erzgebirge, to reflect the local region.
The 1998-99 season was fairly decent. Although Aue never really threatened at the top, they remained a solid mid-level throughout the season. The next year they again played strong, and with a good 2nd half run easily qualified for the new combined Regionalliga. The initial season in the new league started off nicely, with Aue among the early leaders. However, then things began to fall apart. Nevertheless, Aue made the cut and maintained a midtable finish. Aue was a suprise winner of the Regionalliga in 2003, which meant promotion to the 2.Division. Despite the pundits predicting a swift return to the Regionalliga, the Violets surprised everyone with a decent campaign, establishing themselves as a mid-table 2.Liga side. However, they didn't have the resources to compete in the long run, and after 5 seasons, the jig was up.
|Fullname|| FC Erzgebirge Aue
Aue (Sachsen). Pop: 19,000 (2002). S of
Chemnitz, near the Czech border.
Lößnitzer Straße 95, 08280 Aue|
Phone: (03771) 52425 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Purple and white
Die Veilchen (The violets)
Erzgebirgestadion. Capacity: 16,500 (10,000 seats)|
It was known as the Otto-Grotewohl-Stadion after some GDR Commie minister until 1991. Originally it was built in 1950, in only 4 months by the Red Army and some "volunteers". In the Summer of 2000, capacity was reduced from the original 25,000 due to new "security" requirements.
Getting tickets is not a problem.
Fairly decent for a small town. A significant portion of fans still makes
the trip from Chemnitz. Averaged about 11,000 in 2004 (2.Liga).
More or less official relatons with Carl Zeiss Jena and Sachsen Leipzig.
Individual fan clubs also have arrangements with 1.FC Kaiserslautern, VfB
Stuttgart and Fortuna Düsseldorf.
FSV Zwickau and Chemnitzer FC.
Freiberger, which is
also a sponsor.
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The official site is
1951-54 (*) DDR Oberliga (as BSG Wismut Aue)
1954-63 (*) DDR Oberliga (as SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt)
BSG Wismut Aue
1963-64 (*) DDR-Oberliga 10th
1964-65 (*) DDR-Oberliga 9th
1965-66 (*) DDR-Oberliga 6th
1966-67 (*) DDR-Oberliga 9th
1967-68 (*) DDR-Oberliga 11th
1968-69 (*) DDR-Oberliga 9th
1969-70 (*) DDR-Oberliga 7th
1970-71 (*) DDR-Oberliga 11th
1971-72 (*) DDR-Oberliga 10th
1972-73 (*) DDR-Oberliga 11th
1973-74 (*) DDR-Oberliga 10th
1974-75 (*) DDR-Oberliga 12th
1975-76 (*) DDR-Oberliga 6th
1976-77 (*) DDR-Oberliga 10th
1977-78 (*) DDR-Oberliga 11th
1978-79 (*) DDR-Oberliga 11th
1979-80 (*) DDR-Oberliga 9th
1980-81 (*) DDR-Oberliga 12th
1981-82 (*) DDR-Oberliga 10th
1982-83 (*) DDR-Oberliga 10th
1983-84 (*) DDR-Oberliga 8th
1984-85 (*) DDR-Oberliga 4th
1985-86 (*) DDR-Oberliga 11th
1986-87 (*) DDR-Oberliga 4th
1987-88 (*) DDR-Oberliga 10th
1988-89 (*) DDR-Oberliga 7th
FC Wismut Aue
1989-90 (*) DDR-Oberliga 13th
1990-91 (**) DDR Liga, St. B 2nd
1991-92 (III) Am.Oberliga Nordost/Sud 2nd
FC Erzgebirge Aue
1992-93 (III) Am.Oberliga Nordost/Sud 7th
1993-94 (III) Am.Oberliga Nordost/Sud 7th
1994-95 (III) Regionalliga Nordost 9th
1995-96 (III) Regionalliga Nordost 5th
1996-97 (III) Regionalliga Nordost 2nd
1997-98 (III) Regionalliga Nordost 7th
1998-99 (III) Regionalliga Nordost 7th
1999-00 (III) Regionalliga Nordost 3rd
2000-01 (III) Regionalliga Nord 10th
2001-02 (III) Regionalliga Nord 9th
2002-03 (III) Regionalliga Nord 1st
2003-04 (II) 2.Bundesliga 8th
2004-05 (II) 2.Bundesliga 7th
2005-06 (II) 2.Bundesliga 7th
2006-07 (II) 2.Bundesliga 10th
2007-08 (II) 2.Bundesliga 16th
2008-09 (III) 3.Liga 12th
2009-10 (III) 3.Liga 2nd
2010-11 (II) 2.Liga 5th
2011-12 (II) 2.Liga
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